I do love an Irish book, and if there’s one thing that Susanne O’Leary does beautifully, it’s to make you feel like you’re right there, walking through this friendly seaside village! This is part of the Sandy Cove series, but can easily be read as a standalone as the story itself is new, with characters from previous books being brought in for continuity, and the story itself being set in Sandy Cove itself.
Jasmine Delon arrives at her mother Sally’s home desperate for the comfort of well-remembered home-cooked meals and some general TLC, after leaving her home in Paris. But she’s surprised to find that her mother is not quite who she was the last time she saw her. Rather than a nourishing and hearty beef stew, she’s a bit edgier and more inclined to offer a vegan, freshly-squeezed juice and some carrot sticks as she’s embraced an all-natural lifestyle, complete with chakra-cleansing yoga and meditation to boot! Her new friend Kamal is responsible for the drastic change and Sally is going all out to do whatever she can to transform herself.
Initially Jasmine is reluctant to let people know why she’s fled Paris but she’s thrilled to discover that the chef at the new restaurant in Sandy Cove is none other than Aiden, an old school friend of hers. As he’s also fairly new in town, he’s happy to join her in exploring and finding out about the history that ties Jasmine’s family, the O’Rourkes, to the area. One could feel the warmth of a friendship re-kindled, and the easy relationship the two quickly slipped back into from their previous school friendship. This was what Jasmine needed after feeling battered and bruised from what had occurred in Paris, causing her to leave her life there behind.
The primary focus of this story though, is the mother-daughter dynamic that exists between Jasmine and Sally. Estranged for a while, due to circumstances that become evident during the book, it takes some time for the two to become comfortable with each other, and to get over past events, and this story predominantly belongs to them. Aaaah … moms and their girls … it’s not always easy is it? A misunderstood look or word; unexplained incidents that could have been talked out, but which get left to simmer. This is their chance to re-build and to start fresh. Will they be able to do that?
It’s an easy and enjoyable read and readers who have read the previous three books will enjoy being reacquanited with characters who they’ll recognise from these. However, I really struggled with how easily everything tied up at the end. I just found it all a bit too … easy, and it was just a little too saccharine sweet for my taste! So I’d give it 3.5 stars, which I’ll round up to 4 stars. It is a perfect escape read though!
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Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties, or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.